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The Ocean Rowing Society Guestbook for Tori Murden-page 14

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Date sent: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 11:37:49 -0400
From: "James E. Paschal, Sr." <>
Subject: God Speed!
I just got word of your venture on the Ken Hamlin radio show. You are
an inspiration to all. We are proud that you representing America in
this great effort. May the wind stay at your back.
Ernie Paschal
Atlanta, GA

Subject: Tori Murden
Author: <>
Date: 8/5/98 10:40 AM
I just learned that you are rowing across the Atlantic. Your attempt
has gotten little publicity so far, but thanks to an interview with Ken
Crutchlow on the Ken Hamblin show, millions of people in America now know
who you are and what you are doing. I also feel that Plato's "Allegory of
the Cave," is one of the best pieces of literature ever written. May we all
have the opportunity to leave the cave. May God be with you and see you
safely to Europe. Dan Ahart

From: "Ken and Michelle Kitt" <>
Subject: Oar message to Tori!
Date sent: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 09:05:46 -0700
We too heard of your adventure on the Ken Hamblin show. It's a shame there
isn't much media coverage (on your AMAZING courage and stamina) here in the
states. Having just completed our first kayaking trip...a mere 18miles....we
have no justification to complain of our achin' body parts compared to your
trip. Good luck and happy rowing!!!
They're not going to make you row your way back to the states....are
they?!!!!! :)
Ken & Michelle

Date sent: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 22:28:51 -0500
From: mac <>
Subject: go go go
i invite you to go kyaking with me when you return to USA-you inspire
me tori and my thoughts are with you!!!!!!

Date sent: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 20:22:18 +0000
From: John Chatham <>
My love and my prayers are with you. Goodspeed.
John Chatham

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 22:41:41 EDT
Subject: Just wish you the best sea
I too heard about you on Ken Hamblins Radio show, and wanted to say I wish
you the best hang in there. Don Enlow

Date sent: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 22:32:39 -0700
From: Sam Lionberger <>
We heard about your wonderful adventure on the Ken Hamblin show. We love the
water and the North Carolina coast from whence you left. May you have fair
winds and a following current to speed you on to France safely. Best wishes
from both of us!...Rindy and Sam

Date sent: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 18:40:09 -0400
From: Gene Skora <>
Subject: anchors away
Jeff and the whole Skora family wish you the best. I am Jeff's nephew when
you get back from your journey I would love to meet you. Uncle Jeff wishes
he could be with you.
Eli Martin

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 18:31:28 EDT
Subject: The story on Ken Hamblin's show .
I listened with great interest about the lady that has been on the water for
so long . I believe her name is Tory .Good luck to her !! Can you keep me
abreast of her progress or tell me how to keep up with her story . It seems
to be a well kept secret with the media . Thanks !!!

I think the media are starting to discover Tori's remarkable endeavour... (Tom Lynch-ORS-)

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 17:12:30 EDT
Subject: information on rowing
I have found this web page, as a result of a talk show in Sacramento, Ca.
I find this to be the most incredible sport that I have ever heard of. I would
like to learn more.
Please answer
1. Is the rower accompanied by a ship carrying supplies
2. What precautions are taken to preserve the rower's safety?
3. HOw does the rower sleep?
Thank you for your comments.

1. No support craft what-so-ever. Tori is alone but for the prayers and hopes of us all...
2. Read the link on Tori's main page "What's on board"
3. Tori sleeps in a small aft cabin which is part of the boat...
(Tom Lynch-ORS-)

From: "E. Rostron" <>
Subject: Re: Tori's Trip
Date sent: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 15:51:57 -0500
Hi Tori,
I am so excited to see the dots on the map move closer to France.
Looking good and hope all is well. I am so proud of you and wish you
the best. You rowed without any help from Victoria. We all care for
you and so does God. God is watching over you and shinning his light
upon you. God puts a song of praise in our hearts and a light through the
darkest night. We are never alone and God takes care of us. Continue to
row with determination to complete your trip. Take care of yourself and
rest when you can.  In God's care, Elaine Rostron Cypress, TX

From: (Jeffrey Bergmann)
Subject: illegitimus non carborundum
Date sent: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 16:41:58 -0400
Behind you all the way, and hoping to hear about your landing on the
continent in September or October. Keep your focus, as we in the law
enforcement profession must do constantly. Keep fighting the good fight,
and don't let the bastards get you down!
Jeff Bergmann
Fulton County(GA) Police Department

From: Connie Grosse <>
Date sent: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 16:13:27 -0400
Tori - I am keeping track of your progress on the Internet. I am so
proud of you and your accomplishment thus far.
Connie Grosse
Greater Louisville, Inc.

Date sent: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 16:06:10 -0700
From: "Eric Wilson, M.D." <>
I first heard of Tori's adventure on the radio today. I thhink it was
on public radio. Prior to hearing the story, I never knew that anyone
had ever accomplished the feat.
I logged on to the site hoping to see a large picture of the vessel or
any vessel used for the trip. If you can help I would appreciate a
I read on the page that she built the boat from a kit. Where are they
purchased. I do not intend to try the trip but I find this whole story
Eric Wilson, MD (Doc)

From: <>
Date sent: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 15:56:30 EDT
Subject: Tori's quest
I was in my car driving for 4 hours to see a client and feeling alone. I
then heard the story of your trip on the radio. You have lifted my spirits
and gave me much to think about during my trips. I envy your vision and

From: "Ron Kennerly" <>
Date sent: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 22:37:09 -0500
Best wishes Tori as you make us all proud of you. Our prayers will be
with you throughout your journey
Ron Kennerly

From: Nate & Roxanne Clark <>
Subject: Godspeed from Mesa, AZ.!!
Date sent: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 12:18:54 -0700
Thank you for providing us with a true American Heroine! I learned of your
trek on the Ken Hamblin show last night. May the elements be tempered, may
the winds be favorable and may you realize the rewards you seek from your
inspiring adventure. We will think good thoughts and pray for your safety
and the success of your Mission.

Date sent: Tues, Aug 4  1998 10:41:10 -0700
From: Jerry Connolly <>
Subject: Tori Murden's great adventure
Heard about you today on the Ken Hamblin radio show...WOW! And I
thought I had it hard training to run a marathon. Kinda puts in to
perspective the relative effort required for your tremendous challange
verses almost anything the rest of us do for adventure. Row on, and

From: "robert b dobbs" <>
Subject: There is boat-loads of people with you...
Date sent: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 00:46:41 -0500
Your amazing quest has captivated thousands who could only dream of such a
remarkable voyage. I try to check on your progress every evening, and
communicate your progress to all my friends and co-workers the next day; so
there is really boat-loads of people pulling for you here in the South of
USA. As you approach the second half of your journey, may God bless you,
keep you safe, and give you strength to accomplish your goal....ROW TORI ROW

Date sent: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 22:49:13 -0700
From: Jeff Sacco <>
Subject: France
May the winds of October be fair.

From: "Bryce A Trumble" <>
Subject: Go girl!
Date sent: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 22:23:13 -0000
Tori, I don't mean to be frivalous. I am just admiring of such a
tremendous feat!

From: "Tina Ward-Pugh" <>
Subject: The Mission
Date sent: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 00:11:08 -0400
Tori, dear friend, you are nearly too much to behold. Your strength,
determination and perseverance to go the distance is a miracle in motion. I
am proud to know you and call you friend. But more importantly, I believe,
you have compelled us as a larger group of individuals around this world to
come together to claim you as our sister and thus binded us together. We
are indeed blessed by all that you are doing and all that you inspire within
Here's to Hope for your safe arrival in Brest,
Nearly half way there and once on shore the rest
is herstory.
Tina Ward-Pugh (YOUR NFWA)

Date sent: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 22:37:06 -0500
From: (Frank R. Sewell)
Subject: Insane?
Frank Sewell
When I first heard of this adventure on Ken Hamblins show, it was
when she first left. I thought that she was nuts and would in no way be able
to do this! But I have to say that after hearing Ken Hamblin's show today
and then coming to this web site, I know she will make it! Good luck very
inspirational to all! Makes everyday little "mountians" seem like ant
hills! GOODLUCK!
PS- Should try to get her live on his show from the ocean!?!?
Date sent: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 20:09:12 -0700

From: Norman Anduza <>
Subject: We Are With You!!!!!!!
Dear Tori,
Many many more americans are aware of your history making rowing
adventure thanks in part to Ken Hamblin the radio personality. I am so
grateful that he shared your story with his radio audience or else we
would not have been able to be part of herioc crossing of the Atlantic by
Please know that in your loneliest moments thousands are with you
through the web site provided, and that are prayers are with you each
and every day. You will suceed and you will be triumphant in your
endeavor because we are with you and we all want to welcome you back to our
You are a great and brave american and and we thank you for the courage you
display and wish you God speed and good luck. Hurry home.
(P.S. Why didn't National Geograpic Society go along to film you trip?
Shame on them. Oh well the are the loosers. God Bless.)

Date sent: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 21:58:21 -0500
From: Jim Coneys <>
Subject: Tori Murden Guestbook
We are enjoying keeping up with your progress. Tommy Danchise who towed you
out of Oregon Inlet with his boat, the Handful, is my brother in law. I
live in Atlanta, GA, but I grew up on the Outer Banks. My family and I wish
you the best of luck with your amazing endevor!
April Coneys

Date sent: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 20:03:15, -0500

Date sent: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 17:57:16 -0700
From: "Thomas A. Walton" <>
Way to go-- Keep going-- All the citizens of America are proud of you

From: "Harry C. Cook" <>
Subject: GO!!
Date sent: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 18:42:34 -0500
Row, Row, Row your boat...
I wish I could just be along for the ride. I pray that you make the
journey complete and I admire your courage.
Best of luck and I want an autographed copy of the future book.
*The moving finger writes and having writ moves on!*

From: "jcox" <>
Subject: Rowing With Tori
Date sent: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 19:36:47 -0400
We're pulling for you Tori, so don't YOU stop pulling! My wife, daughter
and I were at Emerald Isle, N.C. the day you began your historic journey
just a few miles away from us. Had lost track of you until I heard about
this website on the Ken Hamblin radio talk show. But don't be discouraged.
Though we'd heard no more doesn't mean we'd forgotten about you. Our
prayers go with you for your well-being and your success. Pray hard and row
Godspeed. Waiting to hear of you in Brest, France and then again safely
home back here in the good ol' USA!
Jim, Norma and Kendall

Date sent: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 23:05:13 +0000
From: Robert Orr <>
We heard about you on Ken Hamblin's show today and are just amazed that we
have not heard anything about you on the news.But now that we do know, our
thoughts are with you, and we wish you all the luck in the world. We look
forward to seeing your arrival in France. Allison Orr--Auburn, Alabama

Date sent: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 16:08:39 -0700
From: Paul R Beyer <>
Subject: Trip
Go Girl. Paul R. Beyer Springfield Illinois

From: "Bob Mc Inerney" <>
Subject: Hi...
Date sent: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 14:32:27 -0700
and good luck to you. Heard a gentleman from London on the radio with
Ken Hamblin. This sounds so interesting. Want to read her book when its
published..ok  Bob Mc Inerney

From: "Louis Perches" <>
Subject: Best Wishes
Date sent: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 13:44:04 -0700
I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the young lady who is
crossing the Atlantic in a boat that she is rowing by herself. In a day
where there aren't enough hero's, I salute you all for this grand effort.
My very best wishes, and sincerest appreciation go out to all of you.
I just heard your representitve (Ken) on the Ken Hamlin show out here in

From: "Matthew Gaudet" <>
To: <>
Subject: Good Luck
Date sent: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 15:43:18 -0500
Good luck Tori -----You are a great inspiration to everyone here and
around the world. We have a lot of confidence in you and know you will
succeed in this tremendous endeavor. We are all pulling for you. May
God speed. Henry --Chalmette,LA

From: "Robert Gruhn" <>
Subject: The Lady Champion of the ocean
Date sent: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 13:36:18 -0700
Dear Tori: You are without a doubt, in my personal opinion, one of the
bravest women it has been my pleasure to hear about in my entire =
Your bold adventure inspires me and I'm sure countless other human
beings to believe that the indomnible spirit of Americans still runs
strong. You are absolutely a credit to yourself, your parents, and to
your country. I wish you all the best for the rest of your journey.
Remember, break a leg,
but please don't break an oar. With fondest wishes and good luck, this
is one admirer that is with you in spirit for your entire voyage. Very
Sincerely Yours, Robert William Gruhn P.S. In addition to being = a
graphic designer, I am also a poet, and plan to write a poem about you and
your great Atlantic crossing. Take care.

Date sent: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 12:34:04 -0800
From: barb <>
Subject: To Tori
I just heard about your venture on the Ken Hamblin radio show. I guess
we don't get all the news up here in Alaska. Congratulations to you for
your halfway mark. The best of weather to you as you continue. Good luck
and God speed. Barb Moore

Date sent: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 16:26:47 -0400
From: Stephen Jenkins <>
Subject: Keeping you in our prayers
Tori It is such a privilege to be able to write to you. I am completely
amazed by your accomplishments already. Twelve-hundred miles alone on the
ocean in a row boat. Wow!!!! I hope that you are keeping a diary that
you will publish one of these days. I am praying for you and your safety.
Have you seen any sharks, whales or other ocean creatures? That's what my
son, age 7, wanted me to ask you. I wish I could be there in France when
you arrive but since I can't be I will continue to follow you on the net and
read about it in the news. Take Care you brave woman. Teresa Jenkins

From: "Pete Williams" <>
Date sent: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 14:31:16 -0500
Subject: Way to Go Tori
It is nice to know that your brother Duke cares enough about your endeavors
to get your current adventure published in the company's monthly newsletter.
Hopefully you will hear from many other employees who will give their
support as well. I have marked your status as my new initial home page so I
will be able to track your progress daily.
I wish you much luck and pray for a safe journey. I look forward to seeing
your name in the upcoming record books.
Pete Williams, GenAmerica

From: <>
Date sent: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 17:02:10 EDT
Subject: Greetings for Tori
Heard a man on the Ken Hamblin radio show speaking your praises and
describing your adventure. What heart and courage! Best wishes for a safe
and completed journey. I'll track your daily progress. Since I am from
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and you departed from North Carolina it makes
your voyage even more exciting.
God speed.
Mike Mitchell

From: <>
Date sent: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 16:43:40 EDT
Subject: Hi Tori!
Dear Tori,
Today, Aug. 4, 1998, I heard about your progress on the Ken Hamlin show.
pray that the weather will cooperate with you and you will be able to
successfully complete your journey soon. I will be watching your progress.
Here's one Virginian that will be cheering you on!
Newport News, VA

From: (Roger Gould)
Date sent: Tue, 4 Aug 98 15:28:22
Subject: Tori's progress

   Hi there Tori! You probably don't remember me. I am Roger Gould. One
half of Sam Deacon or boat # 12's crew in the Trans Atlantic Race of 1997.
(I'm the tall guy who told you that the GPS may quit for a couple of hours
just after you left harbour).
   Charlie and I were one of the fortunate ones who made it to the other side.
It took us 63 days. The weather was kind to us in the extreme! Well, not
all of the time perhaps but for the most part it was good.
   We ALL know what you're going through out there. As you can imagine, most
of the rowers from THAT event are still in touch with one another. It's
like being part of a family. You are very much a part of THAT family. We
are all following you.
   Enjoy every minute of it out there for it will too soon be over and just a
memory. Even the rough times get better as time passes. I must say we have
been wtaching over you and are hoping that the weather helps you along. We
can all see that the elements are conspiring against you from time to time.
   Blisters gone now? Sore bum a thing of the past? Even those times will be
remebered with affection soon . . . PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't let
anything get the better of you. Finish it in style. You deserve it. I am
hoping to get to France to see you in when you get there.
KEEP GOING and we'll see you in France.
Kindest Regards from Roger Gould. (Atlantic Rower).

Date sent: Mon, 03 Aug 1998 12:18:30 -0400
From: Miriam Schusler Williams <>

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